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Jimmy’s Iced Coffee raises more than £20,000 for surfing charity

He’s a well-known face around Dorset and one of our most successful young entrepreneurs – but Jim Cregan, of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, hasn’t let his success go to his head.

The Christchurch-based company have, to date, raised more than £21,300 for The Wave Project, a surfing charity close to Jim’s heart. A photo exhibition was held at Jimmy’s HQ earlier this month that contributed another four figures to the project and included a silent auction with members of the public pitting their wallets and purses against one another; it was a great success with every photo landing a new home.

Dorset-based drone photographer, Arran Witheford, provided the photography of local beaches and terrain for the event.

Curt Marlow, project co-ordinator at The Wave Project, said: “Every penny that the Jimmy’s Iced Coffee Auction raised will go towards surfing therapy sessions for young people deemed to be at risk from lifelong mental health issues. The Wave Project only receives 8 per cent of its funding from statutory bodies so we rely heavily on donations to help even more vulnerable children and young people.  Without the support of partners like Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, the Wave Project would struggle to exist.”

Jim added: “I used to be a volunteer for The Wave Project guys and I fell in love with what they do so it was a great feeling to get involved. It’s a charity that’s super close to my heart as I know first-hand the amazing benefits of surfing, whether it’s just time spent on the water, or catching your first green wave. We believe young people need guidance and can transform their lives through surfing so we will be supporting throughout the year to continue their great work.”

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The Wave Project is a charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable young people through surfing. The money raised will help to expand the delivery of projects, specifically the Boscombe Wave Project Centre to help fund surf kit, boards and the day to day running of the outreach program. Since the exhibition, The Wave Project has seen a huge increase in volunteer enquiries in the Dorset area.

 

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